Earlier this week, WDRB.com's John David Dyche responded to the appointment of Jerry Abramson as an advisor to President Obama with a pretty scathing review of Abramson's performance as Louisville's Mayor. He paints a picture of a scandal-ridden administration that accomplished little and implies that Mr. Abramson's new position will prove meaningless.
John David is certainly entitled to his opinion, but I don't share his bleak outlook at all – either about Mr. Abramson's tenure as Mayor or about the potential impact of his new job.
Extensive downtown redevelopment. The re-emergence of Louisville's waterfront. Critical airport expansion. The influx of many new businesses. Jerry Abramson accomplished all this and more, while also fostering a positive, can-do spirit that had previously been sorely lacking.
And as for his new White House position – I said it about Mitch McConnell and I'll say it about Jerry Abramson: It's good for Kentucky to have experienced advocates in positions of power and influence in Washington. And maybe Jerry can even be a conduit of sorts between McConnell and Obama. Having someone with Kentucky roots and concerns just down the hall from the president should benefit us all.
This isn't the kind of job you take if you want money. But it's exactly the job you take if you still want to serve your community and your country. Jerry Abramson is an excellent choice for this job.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.